SAMR – Walking a Wiki Up the Line


For those of you interested in learning more about the SAMR model of tech integration …

I created a MentorMob playlist designed to share a sample of a wiki project I’ve walked up and down the SAMR ladder. The playlist displays illustrated examples of the project at each level of SAMR. After you’ve viewed the example, please read the whole post on GettingSmart.com to learn where this example fits into designing lessons.







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Digital Literacy Badge #2 – Curate Your Content

Why Curate?

Collect, organize, store and manage web content in flexible ways to allow for shared resources that are accessible online. Use bookmarklets for efficient one click content collection. Enjoy the social aspect as you are ultimately connected to the ideas of others.

Uses in Education

  • Create packages of content for student research, inquiry and project-based learning.
  • Include content at a variety of reading levels.
  • Provide multimedia resources to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. 
  • Create displays of student work.

Follow the steps in this MentorMob playlist to try some efficient tools and  learn some tips and tricks for curating content and earn a badge.

http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/178564/580/99cc33/3-0

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A Playlist: Avatars & Internet Safety

For as long as I can remember I’ve been using avatars to teach Internet safety. It’s a fun and engaging way to teach students the importance of protecting their identities when they are online and a great prelude to using a variety of web 2.0 tools to support the curriculum.

I just collected some of the resources I regularly use and created a  MentorMob  playlist for teaching students about Avatars and Internet Safety. If you want to use the playlist with your own students, just click the Share Playlist link at the bottom, then copy and paste the embed code into your own page.

http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/172154/580/99cc33/3-0

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion

MentorMob and LearnZillion have teamed up to create a comprehensive collection of Common Core aligned learning playlists perfect for providing students with easy access to guided learning experiences. Currently there are 327 Common Core aligned playlists ready and available for free on the MentorMob site.




MentorMob playlists are displayed in a step-by-step format that allow users to interact with live web content right on the page, keeping students on track without getting lost in a stream of open tabs and new pages. As students progress through a playlist at their own pace, MentorMob keeps track of completed steps. Flexibility to move within a playlist is provided by a preview that’s always accessible on the side of the screen, allowing users to jump to different steps as needed for  reteaching and challenge.

The newly added LearnZillion Common Core aligned lessons focus on the use of narrated video for instruction. The pause button allows students to tackle the learning at their own pace, while built in learning supports make this an instructional tool that addresses a variety of learning needs. A Coach’s Commentary on the side of each playlists provides teachers with additional information and support. Most of the math lessons provide guided practice opportunities and some of these playlists are also available in spanish. 


Here are a few playlists to test drive.

http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/136844/580/99cc33/3-0

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http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/137729/580/99cc33/3-0

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Uses for Teaching & Learning:

  • Differentiate instruction by assessing student needs and assigning specific learning playlists to individual students for reteaching and challenge.
  • Try the Flipped Classroom by assigning learning playlists as homework and applying the learning during class time.
  • Use playlists as a resource for parents to provide them with the tools needed to support students at home.
  • Publish playlists on a website, blog or wiki for easy access, 24/7.

Coming Soon!
MentorMob Beta will be organizing all of the Common Core Content into one place in the months to come. In the meantime, perhaps the easiest way to find the playlists you need is to click on the link below and then use the drop-down menu to sort by alphabetical order.

ThingLink & Mentor Mob: Nice Integration Feature

Last week I learned that the folks at ThingLink and MentorMob had done some work together to integrate their tools, making it possible to embed a MentorMob playlist directly into a ThingLink graphic. After experimenting a bit I decided to remix some of the content I’ve been using for years to teach digital citizenship and the result is the creation of Avatar Adventure. For me, the exciting part about designing this learning activity was being able to create something that other people could understand and use. And yes, I certainly learned a lot as I was designing the activity.

Of course, once I got going I included several other free web 2.0 tools to create the whole package. These are the tools I used, wordled.

Top 10 Tech Tools: An Interactive Graphic

With so many free and user friendly tech tools available for teachers, it’s hard to know where to begin to put together a list of the best tools for teaching and learning so I decided to take a look at my own resources to determine which tools I use the most. Rather than posting another running list of tools, features and uses, I decided to present the information visually, through an interactive ThingLink graphic. I used the new colored nubbins available to make it easier for visitors to explore areas of interest more efficiently. 




Scroll over the image and click on the colored nubbins to explore this intertwined collection of resources. As you explore the graphic please consider contributing your own content to share examples of ways to use these tools in education.


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Cast your vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 on the Learning in the Social Workplace blog, by Jane Hart.

Cool Tools to Curate Content

Content curation is one way to find and share useful knowledge efficiently. There are plenty of user friendly push-button digital tools to help you collect, organize and store web content in flexible ways to allow for shared resources that are accessible online.

Educators can use content  curation tools to streamline instruction by providing students with easy online access to a variety of resources to meet the needs of diverse learners.


Possible Uses in Education:

  • Use handy bookmarklet tools to quickly create collections of content-related resources for students, parents or coworkers.
  • Embed collections of resources into a webpage, blog or wiki for easy access.
  • Create packages of content for student research, inquiry and project-based learning.
  • Design guided-learning activities that include digital text at a variety of reading levels and multimedia resources to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. 
  • Create collections of published student work that are easily available for sharing and reflection.

I created a collection of Cool Tools to Curate Content using Mentor Mob, one of the featured tools. Use it to quickly browse through the tools that interest you and enjoy the opportunity to interact with live webpages right within the playlist. Consider how you can use Mentor Mob or one of the featured tools to create a collection of resources for your own use.

http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/53752/580/99CC33/3-0

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

Mentor Mob Playlist Sample: Maximize Instructional Time


Mentor Mob is a cool tool to help users create digital playlists of related content. I like this curation tool because it’s visual, user-friendly and can be embedded into a blog, wiki or website. All you need is a theme, some websites to highlight and the ability to write  short and concise titles to guide users through each step of your playlist.

I understand the idea behind Menor Mob is to create mixes of web content, but I was in need of a new tool for organizing some of my own content so that is what I used to create my first playlist.



http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/38714/650/000000/3-0

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob! 


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Learn more about Cool Tools to Curate Content
Upcoming webinar on April 24th or 25th